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Belgium smashes human trafficking ring ‘smuggling migrants into Britain’

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Ten people were arrested during raids in the Brussels region. Three were released without charge while the remaining seven – all male – were placed in pre-trial detention. All have since been officially charged with offences relating to “human trafficking within the framework of a criminal organisation,” the Brussels public prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The trafficking ring was ... Read More »

Three out of four Belgians see EU membership as beneficial

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Three-quarters of Belgians feel that membership of the European Union (EU) has benefitted their country, according to the latest edition of Parlemeter 2018, Eurobarometer Survey 90 of the European Parliament. The barometer, a public opinion monitoring study that is updated regularly, measures citizens’ attitudes towards the EU and the European Parliament, as well as their perception of the benefits of ... Read More »

Belgium arrests gang smuggling migrants to Britain

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Belgian police have dismantled a network of people traffickers accused of smuggling Sudanese and Eritrean migrants to Britain, the Brussels prosecutor said Monday. On Sunday morning, around 50 investigators raided several addresses in Brussels and detained 10 people, of whom seven have now been formally arrested pending charges. At two of the addresses a total of eight undocumented migrants were ... Read More »

Belgium smashes human trafficking ring ‘smuggling migrants into Britain’

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Ten people were arrested during raids in the Brussels region on Sunday. Three were released without charge while the remaining seven – all male – were placed in pre-trial detention. All have since been officially charged with offences relating to “human trafficking within the framework of a criminal organisation,” the Brussels public prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The trafficking ... Read More »

Belgian gets life for smuggling cocaine into Cambodia

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A Cambodian court jailed a Belgian man for life for smuggling a kilogramme of cocaine into the kingdom, a court official said. David Catry, 34, was arrested in January at Phnom Penh’s airport with the contraband in his suitcase, which he had carried from Brazil. He was found guilty of drug smuggling, according to Y Rin, a spokesman for Phnom ... Read More »

Driver of Van Smuggling Migrants From Belgium Detained in Britain

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Belgian authorities are reportedly expected to issue a European Arrest Warrant for the transfer of a smuggler, whose passengers would pay over $5000 each in attempt to reach the United Kingdom. A 25-year-old Iraqi man has been arrested in the UK following a DNA match, allegedly linking him to a van used to smuggle people from Belgium to Britain. According ... Read More »

Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the fight against illegal migration, the National Crime Agency warns

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The Republic of Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the battle against illegal immigration into the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. People smugglers are increasingly opting for the two countries because security elsewhere has become effective. Investigators said Ireland has become an attractive option because illegal immigrants are able to take advantage of the “soft” ... Read More »

Belgian police arrest 10 for smuggling migrants to Britain

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Belgian police carried out a major operation targeting a gang that trafficked people to Britain, arresting 10 alleged smugglers and finding 27 migrants, police said. Police made the arrests in a raid on a motorway parking lot in the small western town of Wetteren and in a number of house searches. “Belgium is a transit country for migrants who want ... Read More »

People smuggling ‘ringleader’ arrested in joint UK-Belgian investigation

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The suspected ringleader of an organised criminal network thought to be behind hundreds of attempts to smuggle migrants into the UK has been arrested by the National Crime Agency. 31-year-old Albanian national Alket Dauti was detained at his home address in Penge, south-east London, this morning (20 June). The arrest was part of a joint UK-Belgian investigation into a crime ... Read More »

Cocaine smuggling is corrupting Antwerp politics, says mayor

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The scale of cocaine smuggling at the port of Antwerp – through which half of Europe’s supply of the drug reportedly passes – is so vast that corruption of local politics is inevitable, the city’s mayor has said. Bart De Wever, who has been mayor since 2013, said the enormous amount of cash flooding in because of drug smuggling at ... Read More »

Belgian police arrest 10 for smuggling migrants to Britain

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Belgian police carried out a major operation targeting a gang that trafficked people to Britain, arresting 10 alleged smugglers and finding 27 migrants, police said. Police made the arrests on Wednesday in a raid on a motorway parking lot in the small western town of Wetteren and in a number of house searches. “Belgium is a transit country for migrants ... Read More »

Belgian company signs important IT contract with EU Commission

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The framework contract, worth over 500 million euros — the most important concerning IT services within the Commission — will be performed during the next four years. Modis will be responsible for the IT service provider distribution network in Belgium and will coordinate the ITC recruitment within the European institutions. “Modis, a branch of the international group Adecco Groupe, is ... Read More »

No more extra charges for using bank card

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This week sees the end of a minor inconvenience suffered by every shopper: the extra charge levied by some shopkeepers on some purchases paid for by bank card, usually for minor amounts. The excuse for the supplement was the cost of renting the payment terminal from Bancontact, the company which operates the debit card system – fees which can, according ... Read More »

Belgian gets life for smuggling cocaine into Cambodia

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A Cambodian court jailed a Belgian man for life for smuggling a kilogramme of cocaine into the kingdom, a court official said. David Catry, 34, was arrested in January at Phnom Penh’s airport with the contraband in his suitcase, which he had carried from Brazil. He was found guilty of drug smuggling, according to Y Rin, a spokesman for Phnom ... Read More »

Smugglers ‘abusing’ soft Ireland border checks to get people into UK, National Crime Agency warns

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People smugglers are “abusing” soft border controls between Ireland and the UK to get their human cargo past authorities, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has warned. Officials told The Independent they were concerned about an increase in the number of gangs found to be working through the common travel area, which the government has said it wants to maintain after ... Read More »

People smugglers detained in the UK and Belgium

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The large scale operation that was mounted by Belgium’s Federal Police service and the UK’s National Crime Agency was directed against a gang that smuggled people from Iraq to the UK. Arrests were made a several locations in the northwest of England and in Ghent. According to the British authorities, the gang smuggled 3,000 migrants into Europe illegally during a ... Read More »

Smugglers jailed over £3.5m Belgium to Leeds tobacco haul

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Members of a gang avoided £3.5m in tax by smuggling tobacco into the UK have been jailed. The defendants, all from Leeds, were caught after a Belgian lorry that had delivered to a warehouse in the city was stopped at Dover. The lorry was found to contain almost £500,000 in cash, hidden in holdalls in the back of ovens. Packets ... Read More »

People smugglers detained in the UK and Belgium

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An international police operation in the UK and here in Belgium has resulted in the arrest of five of members of a suspected people smuggling gang. Two suspected people smugglers were detained in the East Flemish city of Ghent. The large scale operation that was mounted by Belgium’s Federal Police service and the UK’s National Crime Agency was directed against ... Read More »

Belgian gets life on cocaine smuggling charges in Cambodia

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A Cambodian court sentenced a Belgian man to life in prison on charges of smuggling cocaine into the country. David Noel Catry was convicted of trafficking 1.03 kilograms (2.27 pounds) of cocaine earlier this year, said Ei Rin, a spokesman for the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Catry, 34, was arrested in January at Phnom Penh International ... Read More »

Belgian justice authorities consult Dexia clients’ Panama papers

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Two years after the first Panama papers were leaked, Belgian justice authorities have had access for the first time to some 11 million documents from the Mossack Fonseca Panamanian cabinet, Le Soir and De Tijd newspapers, and Knack magazine reported. The investigators, including investigating judge Michel Claise went to Germany last week and were able to obtain the papers. They ... Read More »